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Join our creative, compelling and critical Media Arts department at Royal Holloway for your undergraduate study to be taught by world-class scholars and media practitioners with substantial industry experience.

We offer a genuinely unique combination and equal balance of theory and practical work so you’ll be able to immerse yourself in both on one of our BA Honours degrees. We also prepare you for a range of future careers - we're highly rated for employability (according to KIS data).

In year 11 or 12 and interested in studying Media Arts?

Join us for our Media Arts 'Gogglebox' Taster Day on Tuesday 14 June 2016. See the University Taster Course Programme for more details.

BA/BSc Digital Media Communications

Course overview

Launched in 2015, this unique course provides core modules in digital media and computer technology while allowing you to take further options which will develop your own interests. Find more information at the Course Finder entries for both the the BA and BSc degrees.

BA Digital Media Communication - key information

BSc Digital Media Communication - key information

Further learning and career opportunities from this course

The European Union has said that in the future 90% of jobs will require some level of digital skills. The unique combination of digital and social media skills, understanding of coding, and conceptual and historical knowledge will make our Digital Media Communications graduates eminently employable in a rapidly expanding field.

Alumni from the Media Arts Department’s BA in Film TV and Digital Production (and its predecessor the BA in Media Arts) are already working in key areas of Digital Media Communication, in a wide range of roles- from creating online content for Dr Who, working in digital marketing and brand management or specializing in Search Engine Optimisation.

Digital Media Communications students will benefit from the excellent links the Computer Science and Media Arts departments have with industry. They will also have access to the Careers Department Microplacement scheme, (Awarded the 2014 Best Single Initiative from the Association of Graduate Recruiters.)

For more information please contact mediaarts@royalholloway.ac.uk

Our established BA in Film, Television and Digital Production (formerly known as BA Media Arts) is designed to provide an equal split between practical work and critical, theoretical and historical work. 

It combines the critical study of film, television, digital media and video art with a range of creative, hands-on courses offering you the ability to develop your critical skills in the generation of content for audio-visual media. 

In the first year, you’ll gain a comprehensive grounding in the practical and theoretical areas, which lay the foundations for more advanced study in your second and third year. 

All BA Film, Television and Digital Production students have 24 hour access to our full range of cutting-edge technical facilities and equipment, including our TV studio, editing suites and location camcorders, to name just a few.

Find out more about the degree structure, course units and assessment on the BA Film, Television and Digital Production page.

 The degree in Film Studies builds on the established strengths of our highly-rated Media Arts department and School of Modern Languages at Royal Holloway. 

The degree offers a comprehensive grounding in the history and theory of moving image media, and the opportunity for you to develop your own appreciation and understanding of film and television’s rich and diverse artistic, social and political traditions.   

With a particular emphasis on Hollywood and European cinemas and UK television, the degree also offers ample scope to study non-western cinemas, global television and non-narrative film. 

Over the three-year degree, you’ll encounter film and programme- makers as diverse as Michael Mann, Dennis Potter, Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion, Alan Ball and Jean Renoir - to name but a very few -  in numerous genres, movements, historical  periods and social context.   

To read more about the degree structure, course units, teaching and assessment, visit our BA Film Studies page. 

 How do film and television interact with society? Do audio-visual media reflect the world around us or do they help make it what it is? This degree gives you the opportunity to combine Film Studies with Philosophy, the latter comprising 25 per cent of the programme.

You'll learn about the history and theory of moving image film while developing your own appreciation and understanding of the rich and diverse artistic, social and political traditions seen in film and television. In addition to exploring Hollywood and European cinemas and UK television, you’ll have the chance to study non-Western cinemas, global television and non-narrative film. 

The Philosophy course units will complement your studies by deepening your understanding of issues such as contemporary politics, literature and art. You’ll be introduced to key elements of the subject, covering areas such as ancient philosophy and reason, argument and persuasion. 

Each year, you’ll take three course units offered by the Media Arts department and one by Philosophy. The Film Studies element focuses on critical, historical and cultural approaches to the study of global film, television and other screen media.  Seminars and workshops, usually based around screenings, are the main teaching forms used.

For Philosophy, you’ll take two introductory half-unit courses in the first year and then choose from a wide array of courses in your second and third year. These cover ancient philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato as well as specialist fields including the philosophy of art and radical political theory. 

Discover more about Film Studies with Philosophy on the Course Finder page

Our exciting new joint degree, BA English and Film Studies, brings together two internationally-renowned departments and enables the detailed study of literature and the moving image. 

From Beowulf to the Booker Prize, the English department at Royal Holloway prides itself on offering both the full historical range of English literature and the latest developments in the field. 

The department of Media Arts will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the history and theory of moving image media, and the opportunity to develop your own appreciation and understanding of film’s rich and diverse artistic, social and political traditions. 

The variety of cutting-edge research in the two departments ensures you’ll be able to study a vast range of course units in many areas of film and English literature, from Shakespeare to The Sopranos, from contemporary novels to classic Hollywood and from poetic practice to experimental film. 

Find out more about this degree, what you’ll learn and its structure on the BA English and Film Studies page.  


Graduate view


"Being at Royal Holloway gave me the space and confidence to explore my own ideas and share in other peoples'. 

The facilities on site enabled me to try things - some good, some terrible - but also gave me a good overview of the technical side of the business … Classes helped me critique my own efforts and now, in commissioning, I am able to analyse and breakdown a pitch to see what may or may not work all skills I learned and honed at Royal Holloway." 

Kate Maddigan, BA Media Arts (1998), 

Commissioner, Entertainment ITV


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